I love this series, but this mystery was particularly delightful because of its focus on Clara and her brilliant art, finally recognized. Of course what is explored here is the question of whether people can really change and also what it means to forgive. But the idea of finding recognition late in life is a big one--especially if it challenges a relationship that is made uneasy by the change. The murder is no less important! Solving the crime is the premise for the whole story. I like Three Pines all year round; it is spring in this tale. Alas, the village is still impossible to find. That is just as well, or many of us would be on our way there!
A friend of mine suggested this series after I had given up on James Patterson (he, in my opinion, has become a money pig. Just pumping out book after book similar to Steven king). Louise Penny is a great writer. Her books grab you from the very beginning and keep you interested throughout. I feel like I know all her characters personally. Can't wait to read the next in the series. If Three Pines weren't a fictional town, I think I myself would like to live there.
Genre, no. Series, yes.
The most disappointing book I have ever experienced. This was supposed to be a mystery, but only about 20% of this book was a mystery, the rest I guess you would classify it as fiction. If an author wants to write something different that's fine, but don't disappoint your readers by putting it in the middle of a series.
As always, Louise Penny and Ralph Cosham do not disappoint. Love this series and love Mr. Cosham's narration of this series. My only gripe is the editing of this particular book. As the reviewer before me mentioned, there are no pauses between scene changes and it is incredibly disconcerting to go from a description of one character in one place to a completely different character and place without a breath being taken. Pauses also give the listener a place to pause themselves to do things back in this reality and then return without losing the story line. I am listening to the series in order, so hope this is not a new trend. All that said, love this book and this series.
An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!
I eagerly await each new book in the 3 Pines series. Ms Penny has created a cast of characters that feel as comfortable as family. There is mystery and intrigue, but integrity and a moral as well. Ralph Gosham is the voice of these characters, especially Gamache and it would be unthinkable to ever make a change in narrator.